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House passes $1.9 billion infrastructure bonding bill


October 15, 2020

Glen Stubbe – Star Tribune

House Speaker Melissa Hortman, DFL-Brooklyn Park spoke outside the House Chamber before the start of the Wednesday special session.

The Minnesota House passed a nearly $1.9 billion public works infrastructure package Wednesday that lawmakers and workers in the construction industry heralded as a critical economic stimulus amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Senate still needs to vote on the measure and could try to make changes. But getting enough support from House Republicans was widely viewed as the key hurdle for a bill that lawmakers have been debating for more than six months.

House members voted 100-34, with 25 Republicans joining their Democratic colleagues, far surpassing the supermajority needed to approve the bonding bill. If the Senate passes the measure and Gov. Tim Walz signs it into law, it would authorize state borrowing for statewide construction projects and potentially create thousands of jobs.


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